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Samuelsson, Robin – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2019
This paper studies the scaffolding of conceptual development for children aged 4-5 years old during a science project at a Swedish preschool. It specifically examines how bodily knowledge and language are used in interaction, and how conceptual knowledge can be scaffolded with the use of external tools and artefacts. The science project was…
Descriptors: Interaction, Science Instruction, Foreign Countries, Science Projects
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Furman, Melina; Luzuriaga, Mariana; Taylor, Inés; Jarvis, Diana; Dominguez Prost, Enzo; Podestá, María Eugenia – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2019
The use of effective questions is an essential attribute of successful early years science teaching. In this case study, we analyse the questions and dialogues generated by four preschool teachers from two schools in Buenos Aires, Argentina, of contrasting socioeconomic contexts (one privileged and one underprivileged). We looked at the…
Descriptors: Questioning Techniques, Foreign Countries, Preschools, Preschool Teachers
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Cohrssen, Caroline; Niklas, Frank – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2019
In Australia, early childhood education takes a play-based approach to supporting children's engagement with mathematical ideas and numeracy development. To assist preschool teachers' implementation of the outcomes in the national Early Years Learning Framework for Australia, the Northern Territory (NT, Australia) has introduced the NT Preschool…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Activities, Educational Games, Numeracy
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Jack, Christine; Higgins, Steve – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2019
There are many digital technologies available to support teaching and learning. Historically the focus has tended to be on computers, but this has extended to include interactive whiteboards and tablets. As well as these technologies, which were originally designed for adults, there are devices specifically designed to support teaching and…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Foreign Countries, Technology Uses in Education, Handheld Devices
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Brogaard-Clausen, Sigrid; Robson, Sue – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2019
Friendship matters for young children's development, learning and experience of wellbeing. This paper emphasises the significance of young children's friendships for their wellbeing, especially in the context of early years settings. Findings are presented from two online questionnaires developed for the project, in which 155 parents/carers and…
Descriptors: Friendship, Well Being, Parent Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
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Orellana, Pelusa; Jacques, Lorraine; Korkeamäki, Riitta-Liisa; Tafa, Eufimia; Gambrell, Linda B. – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2019
We examined early elementary children's reading motivation in four different countries. Results revealed that reading motivation is a stable construct in countries like Chile, Finland, Greece, and the United States. Motivation to read followed similar patterns across the countries, with increased scores at the end of the school year. This trend…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Reading Motivation
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Lim, Pearly Pei Li; Bahauddin, Azizi – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2019
With studies on the physical environment of preschools concentrating mostly on settings in the Western world, before establishing minimum standards of quality, developing contextually appropriate physical environment factors become pertinent in Malaysia as a universal and possibly unaffordable high-quality standard may lead to ill-informed policy…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschools, Preschool Education, Educational Environment
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Crosby, Sapphire; Laird, Katie; Younie, Sarah – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2019
This study reports the findings of a mixed method research study (qualitative and quantitative) on the effectiveness of specifically developed learning resources and workshops on handwashing for children in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) in the UK. The "A Germ's Journey" educational resources were developed to aid both young…
Descriptors: Health Education, Child Health, Hygiene, Young Children
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Matsumoto, Hiroo; Tsuneda, Miho M. – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2019
This study aimed to investigate the characteristics of early literacy beliefs held by early childhood education and care (ECEC) teachers in Japan by developing a novel scale. We believed that overviewing ECEC teachers' beliefs about early literacy from ecological perspectives would contribute to understanding the underlying factors influencing the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Dunn, Rosemary; Wyver, Shirley – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2019
Young children seem to begin to develop a sense of historical consciousness and associated belonging to a wider collective identity prior to the commencement of formal schooling. Historical consciousness is a capacity to differentiate and also make connections between the past, present and future that contributes to a growing understanding of…
Descriptors: Museums, Preschool Children, Self Concept, History
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Deguara, Jo; Nutbrown, Cathy – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2018
This paper examines the schematic underpinnings in the drawings of a four-year-old girl, Thea. The paper reviews literature on graphic representations, signs and meaning-making before discussing schematic "form" in children's drawings, the theoretical background for the study. The paper discusses ethical issues and methodological…
Descriptors: Childrens Art, Freehand Drawing, Early Childhood Education, Art Expression
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Savva, Andri; Erakleous, Valentina – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2018
The present study reports findings on pre-service teachers' thinking during planning and implementing play-based art activities. "Thinking" (in the present study) is informed by discourses emphasising art teaching and learning in relation to play and theoretical assumptions conceptualising planning as "practice of knowing."…
Descriptors: Art Activities, Early Childhood Education, Play, Preservice Teachers
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Björklund, Camilla; Ahlskog-Björkman, Eva – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2018
This study presents an analysis of preschool teachers' reasoning about pedagogical goals. Of specific interest is how teachers in a Swedish and a Finnish context describe goals for children's learning and how they describe them implementing these goals into their practice. The research question is thus: How are pedagogical goals perceived and…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Foreign Countries, Semi Structured Interviews, Qualitative Research
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Nolan, Andrea; Paatsch, Louise – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2018
Learning through play has traditionally been a central tenet in early childhood education, however, in recent times primary schools have begun to consider the benefits of introducing a play-based approach into early years classrooms to support young children's learning, especially in the areas of language and literacy. This study focuses on the…
Descriptors: Play, Early Childhood Education, Grade 1, Professional Identity
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Magnusson, Maria; Pramling, Niklas – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2018
The overarching interest of this study concerns how to outline learning opportunities and support in early childhood education (ECE) without losing its play-based character. More specifically, the study reports an empirical investigation into the evolving activity of a 6.5-year-old child and an adult conversing about the child's drawing of…
Descriptors: Play, Teaching Methods, Early Childhood Education, Mathematics Skills
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